Enríquez de Valderrábano

Cuatro diferencias sobre la pavana


Silva de sirenas (1547), fol. 94v


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Source title Pauana.
Title in contents   Quatro diferencias sobre la pavana por grados.
Text incipit


Category variations

Genre pavana

Fantasia type

Mode 1

Voices 3

Length (compases) 160


Tuning G

Courses 6

Final VI/0

Highest I/10

Lowest VI/0

Difficulty variable

Tempo variable

Song Text


Vocal notation


This is the first of the two solo settings of variations on the Pavana in Valderrábano’s book. The other follows immediately after in the book, va165. The scheme is the proto-folia ‘pavana’ scheme that is given in oplain form by Pisador as his “Pavana muy llana” the same scheme used by Ortiz and other instrumental composers. The piece is crafted with some eququisite counterpoint and is not simply a set of virtuoso variations.

Tempo and difficulty :
Variation 1: tempo - M/ difficulty - easy
Variation 2: tempo - M/ difficulty - easy
Variation 3: tempo - F/ difficulty - medium
Variation 4: tempo - M/ difficulty - difficult